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CWS@DET: Rienzo goes a solid six innings vs. Tigers

Josh Willingham returned from the disabled list in time to hit the game-tying home run in the second game of the doubleheader on Friday night, helping the Twins take both games from the White Sox. Minnesota has won six of its last eight games and will look to carry that momentum into Saturday.

The Twins will send Mike Pelfrey, who hasn't earned a win since July 6, to the mound. In his last two starts, he's struggled with his pitch count and failed to pitch more than five innings.

"I'm glad we won, but overall my day wasn't good," Pelfrey said after his last start. "I made two starts this homestand, and I threw nine innings total, which is terrible. ... They definitely needed more innings today out of the starter, and I wasn't able to do it, which is unfortunate."

Andre Rienzo, making his third career start, will start for the White Sox. He has yet to earn a decision, but walked two and gave up two runs in the sixth inning against the Tigers in his last start.

"Need to work more for my next one so that kind of mistake doesn't happen again," Rienzo said. "It's not about me, it about the team. I helped the team with six innings. Next time, I hope to have more."

Twins: Doumit heads to seven-day DL
The Twins placed catcher Ryan Doumit on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday morning.

Doumit left during the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Royals, but said he initially sustained the concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask in the ninth inning of Sunday's game versus the Astros.

"It's disappointing I have to go on the disabled list," Doumit said. "But on the flipside, I understand the seriousness of head injuries, and it's better to be safe than sorry, to err on the side of caution."

White Sox: Rios dealt to the Rangers
With the White Sox looking toward retooling for the future, they traded Alex Rios and cash considerations to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash on Friday.

"It was a great ride. I enjoyed my whole time here," Rios said. "I had many great moments here. So I'm going to miss this place."

The trade will open up an everyday role for Avisail Garcia, the 22-year-old outfielder acquired from the Tigers in a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston.

Garcia was called up for the second game of the doubleheader on Friday, and finished 0-for-1 with a strikeout. He was also hit by a pitch. He hit .370 with one homer and nine RBIs in eight games at Triple-A Charlotte.

"When you see a player of Alex's talent walk out the door, you understand it's been our underperformance that led to necessitate a move like that," general manager Rick Hahn said. "At the same time, we may be six hours away from seeing a player who could be a very big part of our future, and that's a reason for some excitement."

Worth noting
• In two starts against the White Sox this season, Pelfrey is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

• The White Sox have lost their last 12 games against American League Central opponents.

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